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BOOK - British Home Children: Their Stories
Compiled by the British Isles Family History Society of Ottawa (BIFHSGO)
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010 (CD 2013)

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British Home Children were those who had been admitted into a Philanthropic Home, Union Workhouse or Industrial School between 1869 and 1948, from families that had suffered a great tragedy or were dysfunctional. A great many of these children were then brought to Canada where they were received into a Distributing Home for settlement as farm labourers and domestics.

The compiler of this book, the British Isles Family History Society (BIFHSGO), has been a long-time leader in researching and sharing information about Home Children. Beginning in 1996, BIFHSGO began extracting the names of Home Children from the records of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). To date, over 100,000 names have been extracted from passenger lists and other records by BIFHSGO volunteers, and the information has been provided to LAC for incorporation into a Home Children Database and made available online to the general public. The Middlemore Homes Index that lists children brought to Canada during the period 1872–1886 was developed by BIFHSGO volunteers and is posted on the Society’s website.

To commemorate The Year of the British Home Child, BIFHSGO has assembled a collection of stories prepared by the researchers about the lives of some of these these children — their ancestors — that demonstrate the strength of character, sense of purpose and good humour that enabled them to overcome adversity and contribute a positive and lasting legacy to their new country.

The stories reflect the contributors’ recollections of their ancestors and the times and conditions in which they lived. Inevitably there will be inconsistencies in details, and readers are encouraged to accept the stories in the spirit in which they are presented.

Contents include:
  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Letter from Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant
  • Acknowledgements
  • Their stories:
    • Joseph Albert Bampton and Mary Jane Windle
    • Alfred Bartholomew
    • Richard Patrick Callaghan and Catherine McKenna
    • Jenny, Annie and John Coggins
    • Kenneth Donovan
    • Thomas, Elizabeth and Josephine Duncan
    • Henry Gilchrist
    • Edward Graham
    • George H Hall
    • John Henry Harmer
    • Edith Millwood Jeavons
    • William Kelly
    • Joseph Lorente
    • George and Charles Masterman
    • Robert Spence Mitchell
    • Frank Moir
    • John Arthur Monk
    • Edward Murphy
    • Annie Myhill
    • Stephen Sargent Claude Nunney
    • W George Pinchin
    • Albert Henry Powell
    • Frederick Rose
    • John Harold Russell
    • Otto Alexander Francis Spindler
    • Norman Swaebe
    • Francis Henry Vant
    • Edwin John Reginald Wakeham
    • Jesse and Emily Walker
    • Robert Webster
  • Appendix A: Summary of Sending Agencies
  • Index
Reviews:
  • "I just got through reading this book. It's a wonderful compilation of stories. Now I really feel like following up on my grandfather's experience in Canada."     - Sandra Lloyd Schappert, Home Child descendant.
Book details:

224 Pages
6 X 9"
Paperback (perfectbound)
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010 (CD 2013)
ISBN 978-1-926797-47-2 (Softcover)

Names that appear in the Index:
    Aldrich, Ed and Susie; Andrew, John; Annett, Carol; Arthurs, Bill; Austin, Susannah

    Bailey, Abraham; Ball, Franklin; Ballantine, Hannah; Ballantine, Robert; Bampton (Stone), Pauline F; Bampton, Joseph Albert; Bampton, Elburn Charles; Bampton, Joseph; Bampton, Mary Ann; Barclay, Leonard; Barker, Anne; Barker, Thomas; Bartholomew, Alfred; Bartholomew, Alice; Bartholomew, Grace; Bartholomew, Harriett; Bartholomew, Ida; Bartholomew, James; Bartholomew, James H; Bartholomew, Lily; Bartholomew, Walter; Bartholomew, William A; Beaton, Allan Gilchrist; Beaton, Ethel Phyllis; Beaton, Hannah; Beaton, Harry; Beaton, John; Bell, Josie; Bell, Robert and Lucille; Bennett, Kevin W; Bennett, Margaret Ann; Berry, John; Bilbrough, Ellen Agnes; Birt, Louisa; Boyle, Mary; Brennan, Benjamin; Brent, Mrs; D;K; Brock, Spencer; Brock, Willie; Brody, Joseph; Brooks, Eva B; Brunet, Elizabeth; Buck, Grace; Buckley, Charles; Buckley, Elizabeth; Buckley, Ethel; Buckley, Hannorah; Buckley, Isabella; Buckley, Jack and Mary; Buckley, Pat; Buckley, Vina; Burgess, Ernest; Burgess, James; Byerlay, Maxine (Thompson)

    Calder, Gordon; Callaghan, Mary Kathleen; Callaghan, Richard Patrick; Campbell, Christina; Campbell, Errald; Campbell, Lyal; Carpenter, Berton G; Carpenter, Daniel B; Carpenter, Eleanor A; Chenier, Xavier; Chisholm, Beryl; Clapham, Elizabeth Ellen; Clare, Jack; Clare, Mabel; Coggins, Anna Maria; Coggins, Charles; Coggins, Frank Edward Weston; Coggins, Malvina; Coggins, Rosina; Collighan, Patrick; Condry, Michael; Connor, Ethel; Cook, Bryan D; Cox, Millicent; Crawford, George; Crawford, Marion; Creekard, William; Cyr, Charlie

    Dancey, Ernie; Dancey, Vernon; Davis, Mary Sophia; Davis, Michael; Davis, Michael and Charlotte; Delany, Mervyn; Delisle, Joe; Desjardins, Julie Clara; Dobb, Theodore; Doe, Mary Jane; Donovan, Kenneth; Dubé, Eusèbe; Dubé, Mabel Mary; Duncan, Elizabeth; Duncan, Jim; Duncan, Joseph Donachie; Duncan, Josephine; Duncan, Thomas; Duquette, Cyprien

    Fingland, Adam and Mary; Fingland, Don; Fingland, Joyce C; Fingland, Mary; Fingland, Thomas; Fingland, William George; Fisher, Eric; Fitzpatrick, Ann; Flewelling, Cheryl Wakeham; Foord, Archie and Reg; Foord, George Frederick; Foord, Georgina; Forster, Margaret; Francke, John Christian; Frazer, Mary; Fulford, George Taylor

    Gardiner, Frederick; Gardiner, Sheila; Gardner, Samuel; Gibson, Albert; Gilchrist, Elizabeth; Gilchrist, Henry; Gilchrist, Mary; Gillespie, Donna and Helen; Goodfellow, Mildred; Graham, Bernard; Graham, Charles; Graham, Edward; Graham, Suzanne; Grant-Brooks, Augustus; Greene, Catherine

    Hall, George H; Hall, Mary Jane; Hallas, Kenneth; Hammond, Elaine; Hardy, Dorothy; Hardy, George; Hardy, Mary; Harmer, Ann; Harmer, Anna; Harmer, Edith; Harmer, Florence; Harmer, George; Harmer, James; Harmer, John Henry; ; Harmer, Robert; Harrison, Phyllis; Henderson, Jane; Henderson, John E; Herring, Daisy; Herring, Ivan; Homes, Charlie; Houlahan, Patrick; Hudson, George Reuben; Hudson-Masterman, Harriet; Hughes, Catherine; Hyland, Thomas and Marinda

    Irvine (née Thorburn), Sherry

    James, Duncan; Jeavons, Edith Millwood; ; Jeavons, Jonah and Emma; Jeavons, Ron and Diane; Jeavons, Timothy; Jeffs, Frank (Mr; and Mrs;); Jenkins, George; Johnson, Bertha; Johnston, Helen; Jones, Darlene

    Kelly, Alfred; Kelly, Alfred James; Kelly, Brian; Kelly, Dennis; Kelly, Diane; Kelly, Florence; Kelly, Norman; Kelly, William

    Lafrance, Sarah Albertine; Laidlaw, Elvira; Laidlaw, James; Lavigne, Aldem; Lavoie, Philias; Leech, Isabel; Leech, James; Lindsay, Elizabeth; Lockerby, Bertha Ann; Lockerby, George; Lockerby, Robert Hoyles; Lorente, Arthur; Lorente, David J;; Lorente, Gerald; Lorente, Joan; Lorente, Joseph; Lorente, Willie; Love, Jane; Love, Matthew; Lucy, Hannah; Lucy, Mary

    MacEvoy, Pat; MacPhail, Chris; Macpherson, Annie;; Maidwell, Katherine; Maidwell, William; Mallory, Lizzie; Mann, Evelyn; Mann, Robert; Marlin, James Wilbur; Marlin, Pansy; Masterman, Charles Rueben; Masterman, George Henry Edward; Masterman, James William; Masterman, Kenneth; Masterman, Marjory; Masterman, Reuben; Masterman, Thomas Henry; Masterman, William; Masterman-Chappell, Sharon; Masterman-Griffin, Saundra; Masterman-Hallas, Harriet; McCaffrey, Bernadette; McCrossin, Mary A; McDonald, D.D.; McDonald, D.J. (Mrs.); McDonald, Donald Duncan; McDonald, Dougald; McDonald, Josephine; McEvoy, Pat; McGugan, Archibald; McIntaggart, Michael Patrick; McKay, Violet Annie; McKee, Abraham; McKenna, Catherine; McMullen, Willie; McTague, Anne; Melvin, Ida Ettie; Meredith, Benjamin James; Meredith, William; Merrill, Alice; Merrill, Marjory Eva; Meylan, Hélène; Millington, Catherine; Millington, Edward; Mitchell, Ann; Mitchell, David; Mitchell, John; Mitchell, Martha; Mitchell, Matthew; ; Mitchell, Robert Spence; Mitchell, Samuel; Mitchell, William; Moir, Alexander; Moir, Alfie; Moir, Bertie; Moir, Frank; Monk, Henry James; Monk, John Arthur; Monson, Martha; ; Monson, Thomas; Morris, Sarah Ellen; Morrison, Jane; Mount, Sir William; Murphy, Edward; Myhill, Annie; Myhill, Frederick; Myhill, Mary (Lucy)

    Northrup, Samuel H; Nunney, Alfred Edmund; Nunney, George Frederick; ; Nunney, Stephen Sargent Claude; Nunney, William Percy

    O’Byrne, Jim; O’Connor, F;E; O’Malley, Joan; O’Meara, Patrick; O’Shaughnessy, Claude and Minnie

    Parker, Frank; Parks, W;G; (Mrs;); Paton, Flora; Paton, Janet; Peters, Sarah Grace; Peterson, Maria Hemeon; Pettigrew, Margaret; Pfahl, Charles; Pfahl, Joseph; Pfahl, Norman; Phillips, James; Phillips, Rachel Ann; Pickard, Elaine; Picken, Thomas; Pinchin, Florence; Pinchin, W; George; Playfair, Anna; Playfair, John Andrew; Powell, Albert Henry; Powell, Esther Florence; Powell, George Thomas; Powell, John Jeffrey; Powell, Murray D; Primswood, Frederick and Charlotte

    Quarrier, Agnes; Quarrier, Annie; Quarrier, William; Quinn, Mary

    Rankin, Martha; Regan, Julia; Rich, Lillian and Charles; Risborough, Joseph Everitt; Rivard, Lionel (Mrs;); Robert, Antoine; Roberts-Pichette, Patricia; Robinson, Hercules; Rollins, Samuel and Jennie; Rose, Charlotte Ann; Rose, Elizabeth Hattie; Rose, Frederick; Rose, Isaac and Margaret; Boulger, Ross, David; Russell, John Harold; Russell, Richard

    Salmon, Rev; John; Salter, Henry; Sanham, Chris; Sargent, Mary; Saul, Mary; Sayers, John; Scanlon, Joseph; Shearer, David; Shearer, Elizabeth; Sheean, William J; Shipperley, James; Silk, Peter; Simmonds, Fleurette; Smelt, Christopher; Smelt, John Harold; Smelt, Newark; Smelt, Richard Henderson; Smith, David; Spence, Alex; Spence, Mary Jane; Spindler, Amelia; Spindler, Blanche; Spindler, Carl; Spindler, Dora; Spindler, Elizabeth; Spindler, Joseph; Spindler, Mathilda Marjory; Spindler, Ottila; Spindler, Otto Alexander Francis; Stephen, Carol A; Stevenson, Elmer; Stevenson, Horace; Stewart, Anna; Stewart, Margaret White; Suitor, Witham J; Swaebe, Carol Anne; Swaebe, John; Swaebe, Millicent; Swaebe, Norman; Swaebe, Norman David; Swansburg, Billie

    Taylor, Ena; Taylor, Victor (Mrs.); Thomas Duncan; Thompson, Carl; Thorburn, Elizabeth Rose; Thorburn, Mike; Thorburn, Thomas Mitchell; Threlkeld, Mary Agnes; Tong, Fanny; Townesend, John

    Unsworth, Beverley

    Vanderlowen , Fannir; Vant, Francis Henry; Vant, Linda; Vinh-Doyle, William

    Wakeham, Edwin John Reginald; Wakeman, Edwin and Edith Amelia May (Shove); Walker, Emily; Walker, Helen Mae; Walker, Jesse; Walker, Roy (Mrs;); Walker, Thomas; Wallace, David; Wallace, Mary Ann; Wallace, Robert; Warcup, Hugh; Watch, Charles William; Watt, Tom; Webster, Ivan Lorne; Webster, Leland Wilmot; Webster, Robert; Webster, Russell Edgar; Webster, William Joseph; Wedderburn, Barbara; Wellwood, Addie; Weston, Frank; Wickham, Annie; Wickham, Charles; Wickham, Edward; Wickham, Jenny Malvina; Wickham, John William; Wickham, Minnie; Wickham, Rosina Margery; Wickham, Sophie; Windle, Mary Jane; Windle, Samuel; Windle, William; Wright, Glenn




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